Student government — sometimes called "student council" or "youth council" — is a form of experiential civic education for students in primary, middle, and secondary schools.
Problems and Purpose
In democratic societies, young people need training in the nature of public problems and how to address those problems. The aim of student government is to provide young people with leadership skills, training in the practice of governance, and experience in serving and engaging with their school communities.
Origins and Development
Participant Recruitment and Selection
In many schools, members of student government are elected by the students.
How it Works: Process, Interaction, and Decision-Making
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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